Afghan authorities say shots fired near the Afghan defense minister on Saturday were not an assassination attempt as originally thought.

A defense ministry spokesman said Sunday that the minister's vehicle was caught in crossfire between two groups of feuding Afghan soldiers settling a dispute by gunfire.

Officials said Saturday that four men in military uniforms fired toward minister Abdul Rahim Wardak's vehicle after he got out and boarded a nearby helicopter.

Nine soldiers have been arrested in the incident.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.